Jacksonville Sports Day

Jacksonville University Discontinues Football

As a premier private university intensely focused on recruiting, developing and graduating engaged global citizens who are job-ready, Jacksonville University announced major changes to its Division I Athletics program with the goal of strengthening the University and enhancing the experience for all students.

After conducting a data-driven analysis, the University announced it will no longer play football and will discontinue its Division I program, effective immediately. The University has participated in the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League since 1998.

“As a University, we are investing and innovating to match our offerings to the 21st century marketplace and to support the diverse demands and interests of our students,” said Jacksonville University President Tim Cost. “This investment profile requires careful analysis, realistic planning and – occasionally – difficult decisions to help drive us forward to excellence.”

“This was a difficult decision,” said Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert. “Our student-athletes and coaches in the football program are talented, tenacious and hard working. We respect them immensely. Reinvesting these resources into our other Division I programs better positions us to enhance the experience for all 450 student-athletes.”

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